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Olympus PEN-F, a straight street-shooterThis mirrorless camera model's design and features make it fun, too.
This camera delivers the best experience I've had for street photography with a micro four thirds camera to date. It delivers first straight photo quality and performance to the system. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Olympus Pen-F, the first Olympus model to use the latest 20 megapixel four thirds sensor and to ditch the Pen line's viewfinder list design Streamlined architecture and relatively powerful feature sets squarely hits its target for street shooting. And it's fast with pretty accurate autofocus. So it's no [UNKNOWN] to the general purpose model for enthusiast either. The PEN-F based on the film camera of the same name, has a front dial the Olympus uses to control filters and color adjustments You can operate it without taking your eye from the viewfinder. Other perks include four custom settings slots on the mode dial, and Olympus' live bulb, live time and live composite features. Olympus' high res mode which combines multiple, slightly offset shots to produce a high resolution photo, does produce much better, more naturally resolved detail. But it really requires a tripod for best results. I have a soft spot for Micro Fourth Third's camera's for street photography. Even with significantly smaller lenses, they tend to be worth the trade off of slightly increased depth of field and slightly crunchier look of the JPEG. Really, it turns your camera bag into a clown car full of lenses without breaking your back. It does have some draw backs. The HD video isn't as sharp as competitors 4k. It doesn't have a grip. And it's not dust and weathered sealed which it really should be for it's rather steep $1,200 price tag. [MUSIC]